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UNITED
NATIONS

A/AC.183/1995/CRP.1
18 January 1995

Original: ENGLISH

COMMITTEE ON THE EXERCISE
OF THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS
OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE


PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR 1995



I. MANDATE OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE EXERCISE OF THE
INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE


1. The mandate of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for 1995 is contained in General Assembly resolutions 49/62 A, B and C of 14 December 1994, the relevant parts of which are paragraphs 2 to 6 of resolution 49/62 A, paragraphs 2 and 3 of resolution 49/62 B, and paragraphs 2 and 3 of resolution 49/62 C.

2. In paragraphs 2 to 4 of resolution 49/62 A, the General Assembly considered that the Committee could continue to make a valuable and positive contribution to international efforts to promote the effective implementation of the Declaration of Principles 1/ and to mobilize international support and assistance to the Palestinian people during the transitional period; endorsed the Committee's recommendations 2/ and requested the Committee to continue to keep under review the situation relating to the question of Palestine and to report and make suggestions to the General Assembly or the Security Council, as appropriate.

3. In paragraph 5 of the same resolution, the Assembly authorized the Committee to continue to exert all efforts to promote the exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, to make such adjustments in its approved programme of work as it may consider appropriate and necessary in the light of developments, to give special emphasis to the need to mobilize support and assistance for the Palestinian people and to report thereon to the Assembly at its fiftieth session and thereafter.

4. In paragraph 6 of the same resolution, the General Assembly requested the Committee to continue to extend its cooperation to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in their contribution towards heightening international awareness of the facts relating to the question of Palestine and promoting support and assistance to meet the needs of the Palestinian people, and to take the necessary steps to involve additional NGOs in its work.

5. Resolution 49/62 B deals with the work programme of the Division for Palestinian Rights. In paragraph 2, the General Assembly considered that the Division for Palestinian Rights continues to make a useful and constructive contribution through the organization of seminars and meetings of non-governmental organizations, as well as through its research and monitoring activities, the preparation of studies and publications, and the collection and dissemination of information in printed and electronic form on all issues pertaining to the question of Palestine. In paragraph 3, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to continue to provide the Division with the necessary resources, including the further development of the United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL), and to ensure that it continues to discharge the tasks detailed in the pertinent resolutions of the General Assembly, in consultation with the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and under its guidance.

6. Resolution 49/62 C deals with the programme of work of the Department of Public Information. In paragraph 2, the General Assembly considered that the special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information helps to raise the awareness of the international community on the question and the situation in the Middle East in general, including the achievements of the peace process, and should continue to contribute effectively to an atmosphere conducive to dialogue and supportive of the peace process. In paragraph 3, it requested the Department of Public Information, in full cooperation and coordination with the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, to continue, with the necessary flexibility as may be required by developments affecting the question of Palestine, its special information programme on the question of Palestine for the biennium 1994-1995, with particular emphasis on public opinion in Europe and North America.

II. PRIORITY ISSUES IN THE COMMITTEE'S
PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR 1995

7. In the recommendations contained in its report to the General Assembly at its forty-ninth session,2/ the Committee welcomed the significant developments that have taken place since the signing of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self- Government Arrangements by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, and expressed its commitment to support the Palestinian people and its leadership during the difficult transition process.

8. The Committee reaffirmed that the United Nations has a permanent responsibility with respect to the question of Palestine until a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement is reached on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), the withdrawal of Israel from the Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, and the exercise by the Palestinian people of its inalienable rights, in particular the right to self-determination. The Committee also insisted that, during the interim period, Israel must recognize and respect its obligations as the occupying Power under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

9. The Committee stressed that it can make a valuable contribution as a forum for dialogue, analysis, exchange of expertise, mobilization of public opinion and action in support of the peace efforts and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, as well as their socio-economic development.

10. The Committee considered that the following priority tasks require immediate and sustained attention in its programme of work for 1995:

(a) Promoting support for the ongoing peace process and for the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements and subsequent implementation agreements, and following closely the developments and monitoring the situation on the ground, in order to promote the effective implementation of the agreements reached and the full realization of Palestinian rights;

(b) The mobilization and promotion of international assistance to the Palestinian people by the United Nations system as a whole, as well as by other donors, for immediate relief and for nation-building;

(c) Encouraging constructive consideration and debate of the major issues to be negotiated at a later stage with a view to promoting a final settlement based on international legitimacy in accordance with Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973) and other relevant United Nations resolutions.


III. ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE
DIVISION FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS


A. Action by the Committee

11. The Committee will continue to keep under review the situation relating to the question of Palestine, and to report and make suggestions to the General Assembly or the Security Council, as appropriate. The Committee will also continue to monitor the situation on the ground and draw the attention of the international community to urgent developments in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem. The Committee will continue to participate in relevant meetings of intergovernmental bodies in order to promote the full realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.

12. The Committee will once again extend an invitation to all Governments to participate in its work and in the events organized under its auspices. The Committee requests its Chairman, as in the past, to address a letter to the Secretary-General requesting him to inform all States of the Committee's concerns and to convey the Committee's invitation to them to participate in and contribute to its work. The Committee also will continue to hold consultations with interested representatives of Member States in this regard.

13. The Committee, in accordance with its mandate as renewed by the General Assembly, will continue its programme of seminars and NGO meetings in the light of the new situation. The Committee considers that in the period ahead these meetings will continue to provide a useful mechanism for in-depth consideration of the priority issues mentioned above with the participation of all concerned, including Israelis and Palestinians. The Committee will pay particular attention to structuring the meetings for maximum usefulness, including the possibility of co-sponsoring them with academic institutions, NGOs or others. The Committee also will give consideration to the holding of an event in the territory under the Palestinian Authority to address aspects of the transition period. The Committee will also seek to involve additional NGOs in its activities, particularly those working in the general fields of development and human rights.

14. In carrying out this programme of meetings, the Committee will exercise the necessary flexibility in light of developments and make adjustments as may be dictated by the evolving situation.

B. Seminars

15. Budgetary provision has been made for seminars to be held in 1995 in the following regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, North America, Asia and Africa.

16. The Latin American and the Caribbean Seminar on the Question of Palestine, earlier envisaged for 1994, will be held at Rio de Janeiro, from 20 to 23 March 1995, in conjunction with the NGO Symposium for that region. The Committee expressed its gratitude to the Government of Brazil for agreeing to provide the venue for this important event.

17. In response to the suggestion made in General Assembly resolution 49/21 N of
20 December 1994 on assistance to the Palestinian people, the Committee decided to devote one of the seminars to Palestinian administrative, managerial and financial needs and challenges in light of the new developments. The provision made for a European seminar will be utilized for this purpose. The Seminar is tentatively scheduled to be held at Paris from 19 to 21 June 1995.

18. With regard to the North American Seminar, the Committee will explore possible alternatives to the holding of this event.

19. Decisions concerning the convening of seminars and NGO symposia for the Asian and African regions will be made at a later stage.

C. Regional symposia and international meeting of NGOs
and cooperation with NGOs

20. In addition to the NGO symposia already mentioned above, budgetary provision exists for the holding in 1995 of NGO symposia in North America and Europe, for an international NGO meeting, as well as for two preparatory meetings for the North American Symposium and the International NGO Meeting.

21. Following consultations between the Bureau of the Committee and representatives of the North American, European and international NGO coordinating committees, the Committee decided to hold only one NGO preparatory meeting for representatives of those three committees, in order to lay the groundwork for the North American symposium, the European Symposium and the International NGO Meeting, as well as to undertake consultations with regard to future cooperation between the Committee, the Division for Palestinian Rights and the NGO community. The preparatory meeting will be held at New York on 27 and 28 February 1995.

22. The North American NGO Symposium will be held at New York Headquarters from 28 to 30 June 1995.

23. In accordance with recent practice, it is envisaged that the European NGO Symposium and the International NGO Meeting will be held as a combined event at Geneva or Vienna, from 28 to 31 August 1995.

24. In light of the General Assembly's request to the Committee to take the necessary steps to involve additional NGOs in its work, the Committee decided to broaden its NGO constituency through the adoption of expanded accreditation criteria and undertaking outreach efforts. The Committee decided to request the Division for Palestinian Rights to assist in this endeavour by establishing a comprehensive NGO database in its information system on the question of Palestine (UNISPAL), as well as by participating in NGO-sponsored events, and taking any other necessary steps to identify and establish working contacts with NGOs interested in participating in activities organized by the Committee and the Division.

D. Research, monitoring, and publications, including the United Nations
information system on the question of Palestine (UNISPAL)


25. In its recommendations to the Assembly, the Committee emphasized the essential contribution of the Division for Palestinian Rights as a centre for research, monitoring, the preparation of studies and the collection and dissemination of information on all issues related to the question of Palestine, and requested the Division to continue its programme of publications, in consultation with the Committee.

26. The Committee considers that the studies, bulletins, information notes, reports and other material published by the Division should focus on the priority issues to be addressed by the Committee in 1995 in order to enhance their usefulness at this important stage.

27. In 1995, the publications programme of the Division for Palestinian Rights will include the following:

(a) the monthly bulletin on activities by the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of all relevant resolutions, statements and decisions by intergovernmental bodies, as well as summaries of the most significant activities of NGOs;

(b) the bulletin entitled "Developments related to the Middle East Peace Process" containing material related to the bilateral Arab-Israeli negotiations, the multilateral negotiations on Middle East regional issues, as well as other aspects of the Middle East peace process, will continue to be published periodically;

(c) the chronological summary of events relating to the question of Palestine, based on press reports and other sources, will continue to be published on a monthly basis.

28. The Division will also continue to issue the reports of regional seminars, regional NGO symposia and the International NGO Meeting; a special bulletin on the commemoration, in 1994, of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People; and a compilation of relevant resolutions, decisions and statements adopted by the General Assembly and the Security Council in 1994. The Division will also finalize a study on the status of Jerusalem, updating an earlier study issued in 1981, and continue its work on other studies, in consultation with the Committee.

29. The Division will also continue to update periodically its information notes on the work of the Committee and the Division, on NGO activities on the question of Palestine, and on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

30. In response to the mandate given by the General Assembly regarding the establishment and continued development of the computer-based information system on the question of Palestine (UNISPAL), the Division has progressed in implementing the system in its various aspects. The Committee has noted the positive response and interest generated by the establishment of UNISPAL and has called for the provision of the necessary resources by the Secretary-General and for cooperation by all concerned with the Division in order to make the system fully operational and to maximize its usefulness to all users. The Division will intensify its work to include in the system all relevant documentary, analytical and statistical information from United Nations and other sources and will continue to cooperate with users and sources of information with a view to making the system as comprehensive and useful as possible. Information notes on the status of the system will be issued as it progresses.

E. International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

31. In accordance with General Assembly resolution 32/40 B of 2 December 1977, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People will be observed on Wednesday, 29 November 1995. It is envisaged that the observance will take place at Headquarters, at the United Nations Offices at Geneva and Vienna, and elsewhere in accordance with established practice.

32. The Committee has decided, in cooperation with the Office of the Permanent Observer of Palestine, to prepare a special programme for the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in 1995, including an exhibit to be displayed at United Nations Headquarters during the week of 29 November to 5 December 1995, as well as hosting a reception, and organizing other activities as appropriate.

Notes

1/ A/48/486-S/6560, annex.

2/ Official Records of the General Assembly, Forty-ninth Session, Supplement No. 35 (A/49/35, paragraphs 84 to 94.


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